Lawrence [2018] EWCA Crim 2509 – Appealing 11 Years out of time

This case illustrated the serious difficulties in appealing a case 11 years out of time .

The Court in refusing permission indicated

Unsurprisingly after 11 years, recollection of events is diminished, papers are destroyed and the pursuit of a proper appeal is rendered very much more difficult. In the present case this is entirely due to the applicant’s failure properly to progress his application.

The grounds advanced were deemed without substance but in doing so the Court wasted significant resources in investigating the grounds and seeking the original legal team views . Had the appellant been professionally represented on his appeal it is likely the Courts criticism would have been more severe .

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